There’s nothing like London – the theatre, galleries, shops, restaurants, museums, parks – oh, and the distances! When in the capital, you’re going to want to see and do quite a lot. and. even if you’re an avid walker or cyclist, there are doing to be times that you need to get to your destination fast. That’s where the London Underground comes in!
Forget bikes and Ubers, cars and scooters…you’ve got the famous London Underground to turn to. Not quite as pretty as the iconic double decker red buses that trundle the capital’s streets, the tube (as locals like to call it) is, by far and away, the best option if you’re short on time. It’s network is vast – stretching from the city centre as far as Heathrow Airport and out to beautiful green spots such as Epping Forest and Amersham.
So, here’s a few quick facts from us, here at La Gaffe, which will hopefully help you and excite you! After all, you are travelling on the world’s oldest (and maybe most beloved) metro system!
Buying a ticket
In an effort to encourage its millions of passengers to leave cash at home, the cheapest way to travel is to use either an Oyster card or a contactless bank card. (Cash fares are far more expensive).
Photo courtesy of Design and Build
And if you need to make many trips in a day, don’t worry – your Oyster or bank card will automatically ‘cap’ your card at the daily limit, once you’ve reached the maximum daily fare.
Times vary from line to line but, in general, tubes start running around 5 am to about 12.30 – 1.00 am. The good thing is that, at weekends, five of the lines now run throughout the night – the Victoria, Central, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly.
Tubes run frequently during the day – as often as once every two minutes in the rush hour. (Warning – it can be very crowded during peak hours, so be prepared to be crushed like a sardine. On the up side, there’s no internet on the tube as yet so if you do manage to get a seat, you can read your book in relative peace and quiet!
London’s Underground is pretty deep. Fun fact: Hampstead tube is actually the deepest in all of London, going down to 58.5 metres! Still, if you do walk up the stairs, you can then take refuge in our restaurant, for lunch or dinner!
And because not all have lifts (elevators), and a lot of stairs are often involved, people use the escalators. In London, it’s a time-honoured tradition to stand on the left, and walk on the right. This is true British etiquette and woe betide the tourist or local who disobeys this unwritten rule!
And finally, here are a few do’s and don’ts, to make your journey comfortable and to make you feel like a real Londoner…
DO’S AND DON’TS OF TUBE TRAVEL…
Seriously, enjoy your time in London and go and buy one of those little blue cards now. The capital is truly your Oyster…
COVID – 19 UPDATE
LA GAFFE RE-OPENING 4th JULY 2020
There is light at the end of the tunnel!
After three very trying months of lockdown, which have been disastrous for all businesses, but necessary for public health, we now have Government permission to re-open our premises to the public.
However, Covid-19 has not gone away and we must all be responsible in our daily lives to help stop the further spread of the virus.
We have followed Government guidelines to ensure that we are ready to welcome our lovely clientele back to La Gaffe. Our already high hygiene standards have been enhanced to make sure that all our staff and guests can work and socialise in a safe environment.
Our restaurant and bar areas have reduced seating with the recommended gap between tables. There are hand sanitiser stations upon entry and we will be doing our best to reduce unnecessary contact. Seating will be staggered and reservations are preferred as we take part in the track and trace program.
We are taking reservations for our rooms. For the continued safety and wellbeing of our staff and guests, once a room is occupied, it will not be serviced on a daily basis. If your requirements are just a bed and you are happy to use the same towels and sheets for a few days, we are happy to help. Obviously, in this scenario, our rates will be reduced and we are here to help with any requests. Once a room is vacated, they are sterilised with products especially for Covid-19 and left empty for a minimum of 24 hours. This way we can provide peace of mind for all concerned.
We look forward to a time when we can return to what we were very fortunate to call normal.
Thank you to all and we look forward to welcoming you